The Artist Cottage

11-3956 Nahelenani Street , Volcano, 96785 USA (Show map)


The Artist Cottage is a perfect getaway nestled among the Big Island's native Ohia trees and lush Hapu'u ferns, only minutes from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Mauna Loa where magic begins and the sky never ends. This charming vacation cottage features the art of Bonnie Layton, a local environmental painter whose studio and gallery are right across the street. Samples of her beautiful work can be found on every wall of the Artist Cottage, adding to the warmth and charm of this special place. You will fall peacefully to sleep as the rainforest embraces you and awaken refreshed to the sweet songs of our indigenous birds. Relax and enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast of local fruits, cereal, tea or fresh Kona coffee. Lounge on the lanai or journey out to see the sights. Discover the absolutely unsurpassed beauty and stunning geographical contrasts this wonderful island has to offer.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Beautiful stay

4.4 on April 25, 2017

Truly wonderful stay with lovely little touches like pop corn and torches. We are back home and think fondly of our stay at The Artist Cottage. Great location in a wonderful setting.

Artist cottage

3.0 on November 12, 2016

The cottage was very nicely decorated with the artist owner's work and well appointed with nearly anything you might need ( though a hairdryer would have been nice). The frig was well stocked and the dining table included a nice assortment of fresh fruit, tea, coffee and fresh fruit. Though the fireplace and heaters helped, the cottage was very damp and cold, and there was some mildew in the bathroom.

Nice cottage close to National Park

4.0 on April 12, 2015

We enjoyed our stay with Bob and Bonnie. Great location just outside the park entrance. The cottage had everything you needed. Bob and Bonnie are very gracious hosts providing a well stocked kitchen and refrigerator. Definitely would recommend staying with them if you are visiting The volcano.

Just Like Home

5 on May 26, 2014

We simply loved our stay - the Cottage was roomy - neat - clean - and well stocked. Bob and Bonnie were great and freely provided information and suggestions on where to eat and what to see. Highly recommend staying at "The Artist Cottage"


4.8 on February 21, 2014

Nice place. Liked having our own little house. It was equipped with everything you could want. Fully stocked refrigerator, all the needed kitchen utensils, comfortable bed, and located in a very quiet neighborhood. Slept with the windows open and didn't wake up once due to noise. Inn keepers were very friendly and available if we needed them. Definitely would stay here again.

Cozy cottage

4.2 on January 25, 2013

Nice cozy place. It was just like your home away from home. Bonnie and Bob were great! The kitchen had everything we needed. The fridge and pantry were well stocked. The fresh fruit was awesome.

Great place to explore Hilo

5 on November 15, 2012

We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed the location very much. Bob and Bonnie are great. We had last minute problems with our original travel dates and they gave us full credit on re-booking for later dates. No one else did that... Overall, a very convenient place to explore Hilo, Volcano and surroundings. Easy access. Easy to find. Quiet and private location. Best for singles or couples. Four adults will be crowded. As noted by one reviewer, the cottage is full of nick-knacks and such. That gives it a more personal feel but does border on cluttered. Definitely well stocked so don't shop until after you check in. Another reviewer said "no heat" but we had heat. Didn't really need it, but it was there. The cottage is 3500 ft above sea level and in the rain forest meaning it is damp and mornings are quite cool. My wife is sensitive to mold, but we had no problems in that sense. Bring a pair of long pants and a long-sleeve shirt and you'll be fine. Rain coats available at the cottage.

Like home, only better!

5 on August 25, 2012

The cottage is absolutely wonderful! My husband surprised me by booking it for our honeymoon and i couldnt be happier with his choice. I was so excited to be staying at such a charming place. The details that Bonnie and Bob cover make you feel so special too! Our names were written with a welcome note on the door, fresh towels when we came home from exploring the island (even little shells out on the towels too!), a full fridge for breakfast, and snacks ready to go! The cottage had everything and we couldnt have dreamed up more for a place to stay. If/when we go back to the big island we cant wait to stay there again!

Big house with very nice people

4.6 on May 21, 2012

We were delighted that someone suggested us this very nice place at the last minute. Very clean house and nice people that provided us with several good suggestions for activities to do around. We have to agree with all the positive comments. Many thanks to Bonnie and Bob.

Bob & Bonnie...You ROCK!!

4.8 on March 15, 2012

From the first phone call, asking for directions to the cottages, it felt like I was talking to a favorite Uncle and Aunt that I hadn't seen in a while. My husband and I have never felt so at home, when we weren't sleeping in our own bed. Every little detail, even down to having q-tips in the bathroom (c; made our stay comfortable and memorable. We can't wait to go back and stay longer! I don't know what else to say except: our stay at The Artist's Cottage was, far and away, the highlight of our visit to the big island. We love you both and missed you as soon as we left! Mahalo!!

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Rooms & Rates

Country Cottage

Tucked away within the Ohia trees and Hapu'u ferns, The Country Cottage offers all the comforts of home. Located just minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the summit of Mauna Loa where magic begins and the sky never ends. King size bed, Jacuzzi tub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $150

The Artist Cottage

The Artist Cottage is lovingly decorated with deep greens and sunny yellows that balance nicely with the bamboo flooring and the fine art of Bonnie Layton in every room. You step through the front door into an open sitting room, dinning room, and a modern, well appointed kitchen with a wall of windows making the lush surroundings outside part of your enchanting indoor experience. Fresh flowers and fresh fruit await you.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $150 - $220

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Location Type

Rainforest, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mountains, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 30 miles

Directions to property:

From Kona we are after the Natl.park and just past Volcano village,You will be headed down hill towards Hilo,We are the next street after Jade St on your right side of Hwy 11,Turn right on Nahelenani St.There's a stop sign @ the old Volcano Rd.Go ahead after the stop sign and we are 3 houses on the left were the flag pole is.Green & White Cottage with red roof.11-3956 Nahelenani st.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Volcano Village, Star Gazing, Mauna Kea Observatory Center, Hilo Town, Volcano Golf & Country Club, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Telephone, Washer/dryer , coffee maker, toaster, bottled water, cooking utensils, coffee grinder, outdoor firepit

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Star Gazing, Nature Walks, Park Ranger Programs, Scenic Drives, Artist Studios, Cultural Center and Events, Shopping, Sight-seeing

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 100 % deposit due upon booking reservation.
  • Cancellations: Must cancel 60 days in advance of booking to receive a full refund.No refund if you cancel within 30 days of arrival date.



Bob & Bonnie

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About the innkeepers

Gardening & Injoying Meeting New People from Around The World !

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  • Time Served: Self Serve
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area